Music Therapy for stroke sufferers patients advice benefits

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It has been reported by a study in the Brain Journal of Neurology that incorporating music into standard stroke rehabilitation can help improve recovery of speech and memory. Music therapy has been widely used in stroke rehabilitation.

It appears that music was a more powerful than either language therapy (in the form of an audio book) or no alternative therapy at all. It has often been speculated that music has powerful effects on the brain. Some students will often listen to classical music when they study as it can aide concentration.

Music Therapy Benefits

Music Therapy Benefits

The study reports that after six months of music therapy the listeners verbal memory improved by 60%, this was considerable higher than the audio book listening group and the control group. Also the music listening group reported an increase in happiness and less confusion. The study was performed on adults who had suffered a middle cerebral artery stroke with no prior history of neurological disorder.

Strokes occur when oxygen carried in the blood can’t reach the brain, resulting in the death of brain tissue. This can result in numerous deficits such as cognitive, behaviour, movement and sensory issues. Other issues may include memory loss, confusion, anxiety, depression, problems understanding speech or expressing speech and paralysis.

Music therapy utilizes melodies that boost alertness, mood and attention. By stimulating the release of neurotransmitters in certain areas of the brain responsible for feelings of pleasure and memory. This may have a flow over effect helping activate other areas of the brain. Doctors feel that this repetitive stimulation over time can help create new connections and aid recovery.

Some therapists already use music as a therapy tool. Songs with lyrics can be used to help stroke patients with language problems. Singing along to favourite songs can make it easier for patients to form words and phrases. Using movement in time with the music and working on rhythm can help in the recovery of motor skills.

Music therapy can be a great addition to your standard rehabilitation program. It is cheap and easily accessible. Remember to choose music that is familiar to the patient. This will improve memory development and results.

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